Welcome to Belmont Synagogue!
Belmont Synagogue is an orthodox community of six hundred families in north-west London founded in the mid-1960s. We have a wide range of communal activities including daily services, educational programmes and special activities for all age groups.
The community is led by Rabbi Marc Levene and his wife Lisa, as well as Chair, Barbara Mazliah, and a Council of Management.
No longer one of the best kept secrets in the United Synagogue, we are surrounded by excellent Jewish primary and secondary schools.
Belmont is also surrounded by an eruv, which connects to other local eruvim and makes it easier to celebrate Shabbat with friends and family.
You will find more about Belmont on this website but the best way to get to know us it to visit. We promise you a very warm welcome.
Arrangements for services
Following on from the revised guidelines from the Government and the United Synagogue please note we have moved back to masks being optional, apart from areas in both the men's and women's sections where they are mandatory. These areas are marked with mask symbols on the seats and signs on the walls. We ask that those members who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, sit in these areas. This will be reviewed regularly. We encourage everyone over the age of 11 take a lateral flow test before attending Shul. Anyone feeling at all unwell should not attend services.
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Belmont Synagogue's annual magazine is available online.
WOW monthly broadcast
WOW offers a women's WhatsApp monthly broadcast - a five minute Jewish thought, direct to your phone. To register please email Lisa Levene directly with your number or call Sharon in the office on 020 8426 0104.
Our shed has been transformed...
With a beautiful mural depicting the view from Noah's Ark by Surface Artist, Julie-Anne Pugh. Feel free to take a moment to visit it at the far side of the building.
New Rabbinic couple
Belmont United Synagogue is delighted to announce the appointment of Rabbi Sam and Rebbetzen Leat Millunchick as the community’s new rabbinic couple.
The Millunchicks spent ShabbatUK in Belmont with the community and were then voted in by an overwhelming majority. The Millunchicks replace Rabbi Marc and Rebbetzen Lisa Levene who are leaving Belmont this summer to become the Senior Rabbinic Couple at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue. The Millunchicks are expected to take up their new position at the end of August.
Rabbi Sam Millunchick, originally from Chicago, made Aliyah from London where he worked as Youth Director, with his wife Leat, at South Hampstead United Synagogue, as informal educator at Hasmonean High School and as Head of Informal Jewish Education at Immanuel College. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Psychology, and earned semicha (rabbinic ordination) from the Montefiore College in London, in conjunction with Eretz Hemdah Institute of Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, as well as from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Sam is currently a rabbinic fellow in Eretz Hemdah working towards his advanced semicha certification from the Chief Rabbinate, as well as his Master's at Bar Ilan in the field of "Science and Halacha". During his IDF active duty, Sam served in the Givati brigade as combat medic, and is active in the same role in Miluim.
Rebbetzen Leat holds a BA in Criminology and Sociology, and is a graduate of the Susi Bradfield Leadership Course at LSJS, as well as Machon Puah and the Eden Centre. Previously, Leat was the head of informal education at Hasmonean High School. Leat is an accomplished doula and childbirth educator, and is passionate about nurturing healthy and sustainable family life. As a rabbinic couple, they strive to help each person further along their own unique journey.
They live with their five children, Motti, Chen, Oz, Roni, and Shani in Ma’ale Adumim.
Rabbi and Rebbetzen Millunchick said: “The kehilla in Belmont is warm and caring, which was exactly what we were looking for in a rabbinic post. It feels to us like a match made in heaven. We are eager to start - on our Shabbat visit we formed so many relationships that we'll miss over the next few months as we tie things up in Israel. Belmont is in a wonderful position to continue to grow from strength to strength, with an eruv, reasonably-priced housing and vibrant Jewish life on its doorstep. We hope that whilst we are there, Belmont can lead the way in presenting an attractive and committed vision of Jewish life in the modern world, matched with unparalleled inclusivity. Over and above anything else though, our main goal is to care for each and every member of Belmont shul on a personal level, serving and helping them in any way we can.”
Barbara Mazliah, Chair of Belmont United Synagogue, said: “The Belmont community is delighted to welcome Rabbi Sam and Leat Millunchick as its new Rabbinic Couple. Their commitment, enthusiasm and care will complement perfectly the spirit of Belmont and we look forward to their spiritual leadership and guidance in the years to come. I’d like to thank the members of our Selection Committee for their hard work during the recruitment process and the United Synagogue for their advice and guidance.”
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Wellbeing and support
If you or a family member needs support, whether short term due to illness or bereavement, or more long term, please contact Belmont Community Cares.
We have all been through an exceptionally difficult time recently. Here are some resources that may be helpful.
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